Even though Hurricane Isaac may be long gone, the relief effort is still in full swing. About 100 families remain in 5 shelters across the state due to the damage and destruction left in Isaac's wake, but volunteers are here to help, about 800 of them in Mississippi to be exact. Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Communications Director for the East Central Mississippi Red Cross, says the volunteers are taking on multiple roles.
"Some of them are working in our shelters. Some of them are actually driving some of our emergency response vehicles into those impacted communities. They're delivering cleaning supplies."
While the Meridian office seems quiet, it is still open incase any other emergencies arise, but the bulk of the volunteers and relief trucks have been shifted south.
"We have an office in the Laurel area which is actually closer to the shelter we have in that part of the state, so we have volunteers who have responded to that area assisting with the need, so anytime there's a disaster, we are going to mobilize volunteers where there is a greater need."
At this point in the operation, the thing the Red Cross needs the most is donations. While you can always donate to the Red Cross, The September Show Off Car Show in Laurel on September 29th will also donate funds collected from entry fees.
"It's a way for people who want to have some fun at the same time and make it meaningful. So I encourage people to come out to that event, participate in it. It's only $20 for the entry fee, it's a family atmosphere."
Relief efforts will continue as long as there is a need.